September 30, 2014

Home Teaching Message October 2014


The Prayer of Faith


First Counselor in the First Presidency

Prayer is more than words we speak to God. It is a two-way communication between God and His children.

When prayer works as it should, we express the feelings of our hearts in simple words. Heavenly Father typically answers by putting thoughts in our minds accompanied by feelings. He always hears the sincere prayer we offer when we pray with a commitment to obey Him, whatever His answer and whenever it comes.
The Lord makes this promise to all who read and pray about the Book of Mormon:
“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
“And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:4–5).
That promise is sure. Millions of people have tested and proved that wonderful promise about prayer by receiving a blessing that has filled their lives with joy and lasting happiness. That promise applies to all our prayers to know the mind and will of God for us. We can apply it whenever we receive counsel from a servant of God who is authorized to give us direction. For instance, we can depend on it when we have listened to a sermon in general conference. We can apply it when we are taught by humble missionaries called of God by the living prophet. It applies as well to the counsel we receive from our bishop or branch president.
For prayer to work in our lives, the rules are simple. We must ask to know what is true by praying to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. We must ask with a sincere heart, which means we must have an honest intent to do whatever God’s answer requires of us. And our real intent must spring from our faith in Jesus Christ.
The investigator who reads the Book of Mormon before being baptized and confirmed may receive both an assurance that the book is true and a witness that Joseph Smith translated it by the power of God. After being confirmed a member of the Church, we can have the Holy Ghost as our companion to confirm other truths. Then, whenever we pray in faith, we can expect that the Holy Ghost will testify to us that Jesus is the Christ, that God the Father lives, and that They love us and all of Heavenly Father’s children.
That is one reason there is a promise in the Book of Mormon that we will have charity in our hearts as the Holy Ghost bears witness to us that Jesus is the Christ: “If a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity” (Moroni 7:44).
There is a great opportunity to grow spiritually every fast Sunday. Fast Sunday can help us approach the experiences of Alma and the sons of Mosiah, who prayed and fasted to know eternal truth so that they could teach the Lamanites with power, authority, and love (see Alma 17:3, 9).
On fast Sunday we combine prayer and fasting. For the blessing of the poor, we give a generous fast offering to the bishop or the branch president that equals at least the value of the two meals we forego. Our thoughts and our prayers are turned to the Savior and to those He would have us serve by addressing their spiritual and temporal needs.
Our prayers and desires thus come closer to being like the prayers and desires of the Savior as we fast to become more meek, teachable, and loving. And as He did, we pray to know the Father’s will for us and to do it.

Teaching from This Message

President Eyring teaches that prayer and fasting can help us “know eternal truth.” Consider where the testimonies of those you visit may need strengthening and prepare a lesson on that topic. For example, if a person you visit lost a close friend or family member, consider discussing eternal families and life after death. You could offer to fast with those you visit in order to help them gain a testimony of that principle.

Prepare before You Pray

President Eyring reminds us that prayer “is a two-way communication between God and His children.” Taking the time to prepare for our prayers can make that two-way communication possible. You could use your journal to spend a few minutes preparing to pray each day. You could make lists of blessings you want to thank Heavenly Father for, people who need your prayers, and questions you may need answered. Then invite the Spirit by singing a hymn or reading a few verses of scripture. As you pray, pay attention to how the Holy Ghost guides what you should say, and pay attention to your feelings and thoughts (see D&C 8:2–3). Consider recording your experiences in your journal and reviewing answers you receive. You could also use the activities on pages 95–97 of Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service to help you evaluate your prayers and learn to recognize the Holy Ghost.

Prayer Sandwich

How do you know what to say when you pray? You can begin your prayers by saying, “Dear Heavenly Father,” and end them by saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” What you say in the middle is your choice, just like choosing what goes in a sandwich.
Choose the pieces you would like in your sandwich. Write the things you would like to pray for next to them. You can say “I thank Thee” for blessings, talk about your worries, ask for blessings, or pray about questions.

“Let Me Learn to Pray”


Seeking to expose my heart
so afraid to voice thoughts
knowing speaking with Father
who already knows these
while expression is slow
the intent is ever so pure
let me learn to pray truly
understanding he hears me
and thus I’ll hear his answers
expose my heart unto Him!

Copyright © 2014 – cji

Visiting Teaching Message October 2014


The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Bread of Life

This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring aspects of the mission of the Savior.
Christ last supper
Detail from In Remberance of Me, by Walter Rane
Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever” (John 6:51). “Jesus teaches us, His disciples, that we should look to God each day for the bread—the help and sustenance—we require in that particular day,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “The Lord’s invitation … speaks of a loving God, aware of even the small, daily needs of His children and eager to assist them, one by one. He is saying that we can ask in faith of that Being ‘that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given’ (James 1:5).”1 As we understand that Jesus Christ will provide for our needs, we will turn to Him for our spiritual sustenance.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invites us “to join in the adventure of the earliest disciples of Christ who also yearned for the bread of life—those who did not go back but who came to Him, stayed with Him, and who recognized that for safety and salvation there was no other to whom they could ever go.”2

Additional Scriptures

From the Scriptures

Jesus Christ was teaching a multitude of more than 4,000 people. After three days, He said to His disciples: “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have … nothing to eat:
“And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way. …
“And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?
“And [Jesus] asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.”
Then Christ “took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; …
“And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
“So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.” (See Mark 8:1–9.)

Consider This

When we come unto Christ, how does He nourish us?

“Living Bread”


Within in me to grow
testimony – a witness
learning to know more
of my brother/Savior
allowing me to cleanse
becoming a conduit
growing from within
example from without
with His living bread
kneading me as one!

Copyright © 2014 – cji

September 29, 2014

“Unpaved Roads Traveled”

“Unpaved Roads Traveled”





Broken axles and frames

moving rocks and trees

pushing mud, snow, ice

going where others not

unpaved roads traveled

setting goals to achieve

worrying not of the world

seeking the eternal quest

beyond where others go

bent, dented, scraped

harshly burned each day

the refiners fire to tread

moving all in the way

keeping Commandments!


Copyright © 2014 – cji

September 28, 2014

"Causing Blisters"


“Causing Blisters”





The smallest piece of sand

rubbing eternally on skin

irritating and inflaming both

much as work seldom done

causing blisters to form

yet hardened in time

callous able to form

much as hurtful words

loosely used to demean

at first to hurt painfully

then to toughen one up

all in the pursuit to endure

allowing growth from within

smoothing and tempering

into more fully what we are

as eternal children of God!


Copyright © 2014 – cji

September 27, 2014

"A Holy Day" (the Sabbath)

“A Holy Day”
(the Sabbath)


Is it really a holy day
the Sabbath Day that is
when listening to talk
no work on the Sabbath
no interruptions either
a day of rest to reflect
yes for a day of sports
lest we forget NASCAR
stadiums filled overflowing
televisions all tuned in
millions entrapped in awe
lest we forget the world
soccer, rugby, cricket
golf, sailing, bowling, tennis
so much to partake
so little time to enjoy
new movies – oh so much
yet it is such a holy day
not for Heavenly Father
or his Son’s sacrifice
new god’s and images
new heroes like the Greek
new arenas like Romans
forgetting the reason
the Sabbath Day lauded
as in the old days now
so much to do
so little time to do
so many choices
on this Holy Day!

Copyright © 2014 – cji

September 26, 2014

"The Bumblebee Cake"

“The Bumblebee Cake”


Matthew is all of seven
turned so on this day
dad’s baking him a cake
like a bumblebee type
maybe a reminder of him
full of activity here there
so Happy Birthday
Matthew and many more!

Copyright © 2014 – cji

"War With Words"

 “War With Words”


Arguments over usage
claims and counter-claims
polemikos in all things
stealing and removing
never replacing as is
interpreting to one’s will
bring contention/confusion
meeting the indifferent
where there is no meaning
usage but a mirror broken
losing all sense or content*
therefore to live forever!

Note: Surprised none asked who the Russian Poet was – Vadim Sherschenevich (1893–1942) “in the name of modernity, or futurity, the liberation of words from the burden of meaning. ‘Free the words from their sense and content, which have stuck like chewed paper about the word’s pure image … There is not, and should not be, *any sense or content in art,’”  (Quoted by Alexander Kaun, Soviet Poems and Poetry (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1943), 15

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September 25, 2014

"What it Means'

“What it Means”


We have a dictionary
exploding with meanings
creative and mundane
words for almost all
good, bright and dull
lost somewhere there
gathering dust normal
unknown to the young
clicking a key today
typing some letters
and thus a definition
what it means deafening
whatever one wants
no longer relative
and a Russian poet
smiles in his grave
words without meanings
only what’s chosen today
had we once a dictionary!

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September 24, 2014

"Within the Territory"

“Within the Territory”


Great expanses of space
overlapping and all alone
seeing into the far distance
past future sometimes now
ground to cover over again
perceiving what all is there
recognizing the signs gone
dreams, nightmares, voids
hair moving in the winds
tiny grains of sands washed
within the territory of mind
overlapping and all alone
space traveled so well! 

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September 23, 2014




Remembering what’s lost
into another dimension
somewhere once there
supposed to be gone
lingering time to space
recurring in an instant
each different the same
flashbacks so unwanted
least expected till again
dimensions open close
what’s lost remembered!

Copyright © 2014 – cji

September 22, 2014

"Feelings Left in the Cold"

“Feelings Left in the Cold”


Begun by some at age eight
being thus accountable within
accepting the worldly noise
rushing to be much older
accepting the coldness there
winners and losers found
taking by the stronger seen
beating down one’s feelings
till no longer able to feel
having chosen the present
outside the reassuring warmth
till feelings left in the cold!

Copyright © 2014 – cji

September 21, 2014

"Itching Within"

“Itching Within”


Much information gleaned
seeking more and more found
reaching out to share/disperse
never ending streams thought
causing and internal itching
wanting so to be scratched
fermenting ways to accomplish
itching within the mind eternal
who am I – why am I here
knowing the answers to each
seeking more and more today
wanting to share/disperse
much information gleaned!

Copyright © 2014 – cji

September 20, 2014

"Logismoi, (pronounced, log-is-mee) are thoughts and thought/images that come to us to lead us away from Christ.  They are distracting and are a result of the fall of mankind."

Paul over and over Prophesied that the Gnosis would be lost – basically testimony/truth or God’s word – and would be replaced by the wisdom of man – or logismoi! After the 2nd Century most of the Gnosis was lost – the last of the Apostles died in shortly after 150AD – and of course John was no longer available to be seen by those left in Judea and other parts of the once Primitive Church. By this time the Gnostics (false teachers) arrived on the scene in full force (some were around even at the time of the Apostles – Peter spoke of them in his letters to James his brother).

Thus false teachings had already begun. By the advent of the 3rd Century Greek Philosophy (Rhetoric) had supplanted most of the schools of the Philosophers and the early Christian Fathers were fed this as mother’s milk. Augustine and Origen were the foremost as both students and then teachers. At this point when the last of the members of the Primitive Church would not convert to the new way of thinking about the Scriptures – that they were not to be taken literally – changes came fast and were never reversed – thus fulfilling all of the Prophesies of the Prophets to include Paul – and the other Apostles and most surely the Savior. At this point the Apostasy or the loss of truth was transferred to the logismoi of the Creeds (which still exist today). Any who still persisted in the literal truths of the Scriptures were killed at the orders of the heads of the reformed churches – including Augustine who gave approval to the murders.

Ever since those days of the 3rd and 4th Centuries reformations have taken place – most notably with Luther and those of his time – but still the reformations were locked to the creeds of men/women – and to this day have not gone back to the literal truths of the Scriptures. Thus as also foretold by the Prophets and Apostles – and the Savior – there would have to be a Restoration as one cannot take a live branch from a dead tree.

The logismoi had to be done away with – replaced with once more the Gnosis – Revelation, Prophets and Apostles again had to be called by God to do this work – and as the Jewish scholars had long foretold that a ben Joseph had to come before ben David (the Savior). This happened in the early 1800’s – but still today almost all of the known world rejects it now as they did then.

Partly the reason is that there’ve been over 120,000 changes to the Bible since about 1880 – and I believe over 20,000 editions of the Bible. The Jewish religion only use the first five books of the Old Testament – the Catholic Church only the first four books of the New Testament – other religions of the world follow lock step with regard to the non-literalness of the Bible (to be taken with a grain of salt) and fully condemn any other Scriptures, Revelations and or Prophets and Apostles in our day.

“Getting Confused”


Striving to keep it simple
more confused to become
as when there’s no basis
one cannot start or stop
history rewritten over again
changing meanings truths
substituting new lies such
centuries old their claim
each Sabbath Day added
trusting the Scriptures or
trusting those interpreting
which should need none
other than to cause discord
getting confused to resist
caring not for truth or lie!

Copyright © 2014 – cji